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Joy

Scorched earth splits to let one fragile stem breathe. It pushes frail into the sun, yet stands against the teeth of heat and wind as if it has lived a thousand years.  Such an unexpected gift could hardly flourish here –  but it sustains, and bit by bit it lifts a leaf into the mourning […]

Faith

I live in the dusk, A half-shadow embracing me With grey fingers. I walk in the evening,  A dim twilight barely showing The shape of things.  Stillness swallows tears, Blunting them like falling snow  In a mantle over me. My words stop at my lips, Hushed before I hear them, Stagnant on my tongue. . […]

Breathe In

“My soul finds rest in God alone-” But you’ve given me a yearning that fills my chest with heated stones  and sets my lungs to burning . In Out Each breath adding to the flame And when I call upon your name you answer with more doubt . Why does faith require blindness? I try, […]

Weary

Mirrors make the best walls. This rot will spread: My bones will lie bleached before you and your sorrow will pay my debt. . This is why I’m gone: To owe nothing to anyone. I am weary, let me rest.  . It’s you or me,  and I love you and hate myself, so the choice […]

Still Life #1

There are a few moments burning behind my eyes, set as anchors between the muddle of everyday memories. Most blur into each other and meld into this impression of life as I lived it, but a few moments remain, hooking me back to their time. I laid my baby in his crib. His forehead was […]